Issue 6: What’s New? (3 August)

No time to keep up-to-date? No problem. Every issue, RSL rounds-up relevant goings-on in the world of fact-based cinema. We start with an epic tale of survival in the American wilderness…

One to watch!

Birdman‘s Alejandro González Iñárritu ventures into the nineteenth century American wilderness for his follow-up, The Revenant. Inspired by true life events, it tells of frontiersman Hugh Glass, who sought revenge against those who left him for dead.

Described as an ‘epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit’, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. It’s scheduled for a January 2016 worldwide release. Meanwhile, you can take an early walk on the wild side…

For more on the making of The Revenant, checkout this article from The Hollywood Reporter, which proves that being a film actor is not all glamorous location shoots and Hollywood VIP pampering…

More trailers…

Juliet Stevenson stars as none other than Mother Teresa in The Letters, which chronicles her remarkable life through letters she wrote to Father Celeste van Exem over a nearly 50-year period.

Set in Germany during 1958, Labyrinth of Lies tells the story of a young lawyer’s attempt to expose a conspiracy to cover up Nazis’ crimes during World War II.


In the works: According to The Hollywood Reporter, a film based on the experiences of one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing is under development. Stronger is based on a book of the same name by Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs in the attack. This is one of several projects based on the bombing currently in the works.

In the works: Variety reports that Richard Jenkins has joined the cast of Rob Reiner’s presidential bipoc, LBJ. In related LBJ news, Deadline Hollywood reports that Bill Pullman has also joined the cast. Woody Harrelson takes the lead as Lyndon Baines Johnson, who became president in 1963 following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the passage of civil rights legislation.

Upcoming release: The Hollywood Reporter confirms Roland Emmerich’s gay rights historical drama, Stonewall, will open in the US on 25 September 2015. The film tells of the 1969 riots which followed a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, and how the events sparked the LGBT rights movement.

Upcoming release: Watch out for Trumbo, which stars Bryan Cranston as screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist. Based on Bruce Cook’s book of the same name, Trumbo is due out in the US on 6 November and in the UK on 22 January 2016, following its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Upcoming release: Don Cheadle stars as jazz legend Miles Davis in Miles Ahead, which will close this year’s New York Film Festival on 10 October 2015.

On the big screen…

Eden: Focussing on the underground club scene in early-nineties Paris, Eden is a fictionalised account of the experiences of director and co-writer, Mia Hansen-Løve, and her brother (and co-writer), Sven Hansen. It also features a screen incarnation of music duo, Daft Punk. It’s out now in the UK.

The End of the Tour: Set in 1996, this tells the story of the five-day interview of cult novelist David Foster Wallace by the Rolling Stone‘s David Lipsky. Wallace is best know for his epic tome, Infinite Jest. The film is based on Lipsky’s book, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace. It’s out now in the US. Take a look at the trailer:

Out to buy/rent…

True Story: Out to rent and buy in the US on 4 August (and recently released in UK cinemas), this tells of New York Times reporter Michael Finkel’s encounters with the accused killer who stole his identity.

Freetown: Out to rent and buy in the US on 4 August, this tells of six Liberian missionaries in Monrovia who flee from civil war to seek refuge in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Woman in Gold: Out to rent and buy in the UK on 3 August, this tells of a Jewish refugee who battles the Austrian government to recover artwork stolen during WWII that she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

Battlefield of Lost Souls: Out to rent and buy in the UK on 27 July, this tells the story of a group of young cadets forced to grow up fast when they’re sent to fight in the US Civil War.

(Image: “A stack of newspapers” by Daniel R. Blume)